On style, she rules
I love Victoria Beckham's style and was excited when I heard she was designing dresses, but when they came out I was shocked by the prices. So you can imagine how I felt when I heard she had a lower-end line called Victoria. Do you know where I can get it?
V for Victoria, Discovery Bay
The Dictator rules: No, I can't imagine how you felt. Send photos for our amusement, please. (Yes, we will be laughing at you.) I can probably imagine, though, how you and most other shoppers will feel when you see the price tags on these supposedly affordable pieces. But before we get into that, let's talk about the label. Victoria, Victoria Beckham is a gorgeous new dress collection that was launched with the spring-summer lines. In contrast to the cinched-waist retro glam pieces in the Victoria Beckham line, founded in 2008, these pretty pieces were expressly designed for women of all shapes and sizes while Posh Spice was pregnant with her little girl. We'd say she's gone from comparisons with Roland Mouret to Roksanda Ilincic. See all the collections on her website, www.victoriabeckham.com. Apparently, Beckham bristles at the words 'diffusion line' though, so let's call it another line, OK? It comes in a lovely palette of bold colours, white and black. She's been quoted as saying the designs were inspired by cartoon character Emily the Strange. Although we don't quite see that in anything but the A-line silhouettes, we do see ourselves wanting a few of them. We've only found two pieces in Hong Kong so far, but more are said to be winging their way over. For now, content yourself with the sleeveless Cocoon dress in vibrant pink (HK$7,500; Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2118 7777), and the long-sleeve drop-waist dress in black (HK$10,500). We're holding out for the charming black and pink scalloped neck with drop waist, and praying it's been bought for the Hong Kong market. They aren't exactly cheap, but you should know those prices equate to about one third of the cost of dresses in her first collection. It's fashion, darling, not charity.
I saw a hard clutch bag that looks like a piano board but I don't know where to find it? I need help!
New Keys, Central
The Dictator: Oh, yes you do. I normally tell excitable readers like you to calm down, but in this case, you need to get a move on, lady! It was most likely a clutch from Kate Spade's last collection. I'm guessing it was the Recital Farrah metal frame bag in patent cowhide with a Lucite bow clasp and 14-carat gold hardware (originally HK$3,400; IFC Mall, tel: 3188 1928; www.katespade.com). That could be good news for you if they still have stock, because they were already on sale when we went to print. Then again, that could be bad news if they're out of stock. (In which case, I hope you know what to do. Hint: it starts with www.google.com.) We did look for other piano-inspired bags of comparable quality, but there simply aren't any. As a general rule for co-ordinating quirky accessories, one is enough and it should be left to shine. However, we've found two eclectic exceptions to our rule. The first is Kate Spade's Karolina pump in black, red, yellow or green, which has black and white striped heels that refer back to the bag's black and white keys without being too literal (HK$2,800). The second is Repetto's black ballerina flats with piano-inspired cap toes (HK$2,600; IFC Mall, tel: 2521 2068).